Powell River named “Least Polluted City in the World”!
According to the 2016 Guinness World Records, Powell River now lays claim to being the “Least Polluted City in the World.”
Powell River was built around a paper mill 100 years ago. Funnily enough, years ago, we used to complain of the stench coming from the mill, then owned by MacMillan Bloedel.
But, it was the largest Pulp and Paper mill in the world at one point, producing the paper for several of the newspapers around the globe. And I remember back in the day when my Dad, and my friends’ dads who worked there, used to say it was “the smell of money.”
The mill has since downsized several times, and has had to change with the times. In recent years, Catalyst Paper, who now owns the mill, earned the opportunity to be one of the major manufacturers of the paper that was used for the publication of an erotic trilogy you may have heard of: Fifty Shades of Grey.
But with a mill that is continuing to decrease its output – and with our sleepy little town being sidled right up next to the ocean, with plenty of natural wilderness in our backyard – it’s no wonder we have such amazing air quality.
Read the excerpt below that explains the measurement of air pollution.
I always thought there was something in the air in Powell River. As it turns out, that something, is actually, pretty well, nothing.
And that’s the way we like it. Let’s hope we keep this title for a long time.
Bravo, Powell River.
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